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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for December

The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Clarksburg and Conway for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last month's scheduled office hours in Clarksburg had to be postponed to December.

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018

Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

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Berkshire Palate Opens in Williamstown

Many of the dishes on the Berkshire Palate menu can be found on the restaurant's Facebook page. Dishes include the "Pig Wing," a roasted sugar pumpkin dip with crostini and chile-toasted pumpkin seeds and seared salmon with quinoa, kale, and grains.

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Renovated Olympic Pizza Reopens in Williamstown

Owner Stella Giannaris has reopened the eatery with a new look and expanded menu after being closed for six weeks.

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Coding Error Pushed North Adams' Violent Crimes Stats Higher

A coding error discovered last month in the software used in crime reporting designated all assaults as felonies. Fixing it has dropped the number of aggravated assault cases so far this year by 46 percent.

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Home From Afghanistan, Mount Greylock Vice Principal Settling In

Schutz addressed the 120-member class of seventh-graders in a midday meeting in the school's gymnasium, on his third day back after serving a year in the National Guard.

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Late Representative's Will Leaves $420,000 to North Adams

The late state representative's "remarkable, unbelievable generosity" in providing $420,000 in bequests to the city of North Adams was announced by Mayor Thomas Bernard on Tuesday.

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2018

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iberkshires.com. Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.

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Pittsfield Seeks Input on Tyler Street Streetscape Plans

After months of working on conceptual designs and working with stakeholders, officials are now taking the vision for a streetscape plan to the wider public.

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Cheshire Appoints St. John as Interim Town Administrator

The two selectman were unanimous on Tuesday in voting to hire Edmund St. John IV as the interim town administrator for four months. The agreement puts behind the discord that occurred over who to hire for the post, at least for the time being.

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Two More Properties Added to Pittsfield's Demolition List

Two more homes have been added to the demolition list. The Board of Health issued orders of demolition for 33 Circular Avenue and 217 Robbins Avenue. The two adds to a list of homes the city demolishes because of unsafe conditions.

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Berkshire Medical Center Shows Off New Technology

Berkshire Medical Center is hoping to get people back to their everyday lives quicker with the help of new technology. The hospital recent upgraded its daVinci Robot to lessen the invasiveness of surgery and purchased a new EksoGT robotic exoskeleton to help patients who had strokes or spinal cord injuries learn to walk again. On Wednesday the hospital showed off the new equipment in its lobby, displaying all of the cool features the equipment has to offer

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North Adams Celebrates Lighting of First Menorah

The Jewish community has been an integral part of North Adams for more than a century, but not until Sunday, the start of the eight nights of the Festival of Lights, did Hanukkah become part of the city's holiday celebrations.

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Cheshire Power Outage Caused by Dump Truck Hitting Wires

Crane said the operator initially raised the truck to dump the material and as he pulled forward to empty the last bit from the truck, he hit the high-tension wire.

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Chapter Two Books Opens in Williamstown to Support Milne Library

Chapter Two Books, operated by Friends of the David and Joyce Milne Library, held its grand opening on Thursday at its location at 37 Spring St. with a ribbon cutting celebrated by local officials, library employees and Friends.

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North Adams Trustees Want Voice in Library Director Candidates

The trustees said they wanted to see applications first before sending them off to the mayor – who ultimately will make the decision.

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Residents Unhappy With Mediation For GE River Cleanup

Why is this even being negotiated? That's what many of the residents along the Rest of the River corridor rhetorically asked Monday night in regards to the cleanup of PCBs in the Housatonic River.

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State Crafting Plan For Unique Issues of Rural Towns

Rural towns have their own challenges. And now the state is taking a closer look at this issues. In 2015, the state Legislature created the Rural Policy Advisory Commission and this year the group has been on a listening tour to dig into those issues. On Thursday, the tour was in Berkshire County to get a better understanding of the issues here.

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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 5 - Dec. 6

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Pittsfield Councilors Split on Water/Sewer Rate Increase

The City Council is split on setting water and sewer rates for the next 18 months. In a 6-5 vote Tuesday night, the City Council's Committee of the whole approved the mayor plan to raise water rates by 20 percent and sewer rated by 50 percent starting on Jan. 1. However, the final decision has to be made next Tuesday and the council has requested more information before casting that vote.

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Marino Receives McCann Superintendent's Award

Principal Justin Kratz said the business tech senior from North Adams has a 4.27 grade-point average and is president of the school's Business Professionals of America chapter.

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Census Bureau Preparing For 2020 Count

A community has 675 billion reasons to make sure every resident is counted on the Census. The 2020 Census may still be a year and a half away but the bureau is already preparing for it. The effort is to count where every single person living in America puts their head down at night.

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Cheshire Board Hires Architects for School Building Reuse Review

After reading a letter from EDM, the board agreed Tuesday to hire the firm for $2,400 to conduct the study.

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Adams Board of Health Asks to Be Involved in Bowe Field Camping

The Board of Health asked to be notified about activities held at Bowe Field. The board met with Agricultural Fair organizers Charles Felix and Patricia Wojcik on Wednesday to discuss camping on the grounds and Felix said it would not be an issue to include the Board in their notice to other town departments.

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Cop on Top Raises $45K For Special Olympics

The ninth annual Cop on Top event raised $45,000 for the Special Olympics. For two days local law enforcement officers camped out at the roof of Wal-mart while in the parking there were a number of raffles, sales, and giveaways to help raise money. The officers fell a bit should of their goal of $55,000 but nonetheless, are calling it a success.

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Paratransit Workers Vote Work Stoppage Over Contract

In a statement, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority said the paratransit service will not operate during the strike.

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BRPC Raises Concerns With Removal of Tel-Electric Dam

BRPC officials would like the state to consider reusing dams for power more often. The comment comes from the organization's review of the removal of the Tel-Electric Dam on Mill Street. In that long-awaited project, the state did not require an alternative option of restoring the dam to generate power to be explored.

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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 5-11

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Pittsfield Lights Up Christmas Tree

The city welcomed the Christmas season Friday with its annual tree lighting. The 35-foot tall tree in Park Square was lit by the Rapkowicz family, who donated the Colorado blue spruce to the city. Timothy and Susan Rapkowicz had planted it when they first bought their Euclid Street home.

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Student Could Face Charges in Mount Everett Bomb Threat

School officials say a student responsible for Friday's hoax bomb threat that caused the evacuation and closure of the Mount Everett Regional School campus has been removed from school.

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The Independent Investor: Will Our Country's Military Win the Next War?

The Pentagon's National Defense Strategy was issued in January. Like all of their tomes before, it is heavy reading and fairly boring but this time around things were different. The United States Institute of Peace, a federal institution, issued a 98-page report rebutting some of the assumptions made about peacetime competition or wartime conflict.

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Adams PAL Basketball High School Division Tryouts Set

Tryouts for the Adams Police Athletic League High School Division will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Barrington Stage Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member

Seltzer graduated from Harvard College in 1965 magna cum laude and then obtained a JD degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone scholar. He spent all of his professional career at the New York City law firm of Kaye Scholer, chairing its real estate litigation group and also practicing in its patent group.

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South County's Becker Pond Dam Makes Priority Project List

The Baker-Polito administration made the designation on Thursday for Schenob Brook/Becker Pond Dam Removal Project along with 11 other river and wetland restoration projects across the commonwealth.

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Meehan Leads Williams Women Past MCLA

Visiting Williams College placed six players in double figures as it cruised past the MCLA women's basketball team, 91-53, Tuesday evening in non league action.

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Hayden Bird Scores 23 to Lead MCLA Men in Road Win

MCLA's Joaquin Scullark and Hayden Bird each scored 23 points as they helped spark the Trailblazers to a 75-64 road victory over the Rivier Raiders.

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BArT Seniors Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

Recipients of these scholarships, upon acceptance, are entitled to attend any Massachusetts state school tuition-free for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

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New Doctor Joins BMC Pulmonary and Critical Care Team

Dr. Oelberg is accepting new patients in need of pulmonary and sleep medicine services, and is partnered with Drs. Hafez Alsmaan, Kashif Aslam, Cynthia Callahan, Julio Miranda, Michael Mortelliti and Jack Ringler at Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.

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Hinsdale Realtor Elected to Massachusetts Association of Realtors

As regional representative for the Western region, Osborne will coordinate association objectives and activities within the Berkshire County Board of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. She will meet regularly with local and regional leadership to discuss real estate industry issues of statewide importance. She automatically becomes a member of the MAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors as a result of her election as a regional representative.

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Goodwill Taps New Director of Retail Operations

In his new position, Rotter will oversee Goodwill's donated goods and retail operations, working closely with Goodwill's leadership team to meet the needs of an ever-changing economy.

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Lenox Broker Installed as 2019 President of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors  

As president, Meczywor will direct the internal and external activities of the association; preside at all meetings of the MAR Board of Directors and Executive Committee; represent the association at important meetings and business functions; and act as the official spokesperson for the association on issues related to the real estate industry and local housing market.

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Letter: FCC Rule Endangers Existence of PCTV

The FCC, with help from cable company lobbyists, has proposed new rules that threaten to put PCTV out of business – and this could happen very soon.

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Pignatelli Honored As 'River Hero'

Pignatelli and Gobi were responsible for the passage of a $2.4 billion Environmental Bond Bill, signed by Gov. Baker in July, which allocated $55 million in funds for river and wetland restoration programs across the commonwealth. In Pignatelli's own Fourth Berkshire District, he allocated $400,000 in funds for the upkeep and expansion of the W.E.B. DuBois river garden park and the Housatonic river walk.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 7-13

Enjoy 16 different art shows featuring work by more than three dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk, and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

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Big Y Names New Meat, Seafood Manager of North Adams Store

Big Y Foods, Inc. is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England.

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Welcomes New Gastroenterologist

Dr. Qamar specializes in comprehensive treatment of the digestive system.

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Clarksburg Woman Joins Greylock Mortgage Team

Gaffey will build upon Greylock's success as the number one mortgage lender in the county by enhancing customer service and ease of access to Greylock’s mortgage lending products in North County.

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Williams Senior Named Mitchell Scholar

Sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, this nationally competitive scholarship provides recipients a year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Selected from 370 applicants, Goel is the first Williams student to receive this scholarship since the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program's inaugural class of 2001.

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Miss Hall's Students Chosen for Music Festival

The Miss Hall's students were among those who successfully auditioned in early November to perform in the Senior Festival Concert, which will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan.12 (snow date of Sunday, Jan. 13), at the Fine Arts Center of the University of Massachusetts Amherst

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CHP Great Barrington Practice Wins Patient Experience Award

Awards were given to the practices that ranked highest in each of 11 performance categories, as well as an overall performance category determined by the practices with the best-in-class results across multiple categories. CHP Great Barrington Health Center received recognition for distinction in Empowering Patient Self Care.

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